Turkey again offers to mediate between Russia and Ukraine

“President RT Erdogan stated that Turkey can play an intermediary role in the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, as in the grain agreement,” said the Turkish president’s office, recalling the July agreement on grain exports through the Black Sea between Ukraine and Russia, which is guaranteed by the United Nations and Turkey.

In August, the Turkish president met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Lviv and warned him about the threat of a nuclear catastrophe.

“We are worried. We don’t want another Chernobyl,” RT Erdogan then declared.

There are growing fears about the situation at the Zaporizhia NPP and around it. Ukraine accuses Russia of shelling the territory of the NPP and keeping its weapons in this facility.

On Friday, Kyiv announced it had bombed a Russian military base in the town of Enerhodar near the power plant, destroying three artillery systems and an ammunition depot.

On Thursday, 14 representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited the Zaporizhia NPP, and its general director Rafael Grossi stated that the fighting around the NPP damaged its infrastructure.

Turkey, which maintains friendly relations with both Kyiv and Moscow, supplies Ukraine with military drones, but has refused to contribute to Western sanctions against Russia.

Before meeting with V. Zelensky, RT Erdogan met with V. Putin in Sochi and they promised to strengthen mutual economic cooperation.

At the time, during a phone call on Saturday, RT Erdogan and Putin agreed to further discuss the situation at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on September 15-16.

The Turkish president also expressed his condolences on the death of the last president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev.

At that time on Thursday the president of france Emmanuel Macron defended his desire to continue dialogue with Russia. According to him, Turkey should not be the only country talking to Moscow.

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